Adobe Illustrator: Create a Quick & Easy Unique Illustration

Learn how to make an original illustration step by step from scratch in Adobe Illustrator for the web, video, and print.
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

Course Updated: October 27, 2016.
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This quick and dirty course will help you make original, custom illustrations using Adobe Illustrator (or any similar program) in just a matter of minutes that look professional and can be used online, in videos and animations, or for print purposes such as on a poster, letterhead, even a T-shirt or other products.

*Please note that free 30 day trial versions of Illustrator are available for download from Adobe's website.

Save money making your own illustrations (and stop paying others to do them for you) and develop skills that can help you start making money illustrating for others. You can also use these simple techniques to make unique illustrations as free gifts for friends and family.

You also don't need to know how to draw. There are actually a HUGE number of graphic designers who CAN NOT draw... but they make up for it by using techniques like the ones in this course and naturally, learning more about layout design, composition, color, typography, and other fundamentals of visual literacy.

You can decide how much time you will spend on each illustration which will then affect your end results. As you do more and more, you can be cranking these out in a matter of minutes and could actually make a little illustration business creating these for others on websites like Fiverr, Elance, and other freelancing websites.

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What Students Are Saying:

"What a wonderful course ! Kristen is a great teacher and quickly answers any questions that you might have. I'm really excited about applying the techniques that I've learned in the course." -Diane Falck
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I'm a tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media and the Program Director of Film & Digital Media at The American University of Rome and a practicing award-winning multimedia artist.

I have over 16 years of experience teaching students all over the world using my tried and true custom approach (turning complex information into something simple, memorable, easy-to-understand in as short amount of time as possible) to ensure that you get the most important, relevant, and useful information that can be applied immediately to your art, work, and everyday life.

New bonus lectures and resources will continue to be added and timely design advice will be provided in the discussion forum. I love to help and always respond to inquiries and discussions ASAP.

Please Note: All students who enroll in this course also will receive periodic free and discounted access to my other top-rated current and upcoming courses.

You have a 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee with no questions asked so you have nothing to lose. I make myself available so you will have access to me if you have questions or need specific feedback along the way.

Empower yourself now by enrolling in this Illustrator course and join our growing learning community! Click the "Take This Course" button in the upper right corner and let's get started building your illustration, software, and design skills today.

What are the requirements?

  • This mini course requires no special equipment aside from a computer and an appropriate software program like Illustrator. (Free 30 days trials of Illustrator are available from Adobe).

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create powerful custom illustrations in minutes using Adobe Illustrator or any similar free or paid program (Photoshop, GIMP, Painter, etc) using simple techniques and basic principles.
  • Understand image creation best practices regarding copyrights and using free stock images, original photos, and royalty-free images.
  • Develop the ability to make illustrations that can be used online, in videos, or for print, even if you CAN'T DRAW.
  • Make unique and inexpensive illustrated gifts for friends and family.
  • Save and make money creating your own illustrations for yourself and others.
  • Avoid headaches if and when you lose your work by learning the proper way to save your files.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for newcomers to Illustrator as well as beginners interested in learning simple and basic techniques for getting started illustrating on the computer.
  • Advanced traditional fine artists and illustrators looking for ways to take their natural drawing talents from their sketchbooks to a computer environment will appreciate this easy, step by step approach.
  • Please note this is NOT an in-depth Adobe Illustrator course. Students looking for intermediate to advanced Illustrator training would be better off taking a longer, comprehensive course.

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
02:08

Welcome to this course. Learn about what we'll cover and how easy it is to get started making original illustrations right away even if you don't think of yourself as someone who can draw.

*Please note, if you are new to Udemy, you might want to jump towards the end of the course and find the quick Udemy Tour video under "Appendix/Optional Resources" before picking up where you left off to help you get the most out of these lessons.

05:37

In this lesson we'll take a look at the most common Illustrator windows and tools, learn more about Illustrator and why it's different than Photoshop, and how to get started drawing and setting up a new file.

Section 2: Getting Set Up: All About Copyright Issues and Using Photos in Your Projects
06:07

Before we get started drawing, first we'll need to find a photo to use as a guide. You CAN'T just draw over someone else's copyrighted photo. You should use your own original photo or a royalty free photo where you will have permission from the author to use their work.

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Here is a gigantic list of places to find free images and more for your projects.

7 questions

This quiz will test your knowledge of the topis covered in Section 2.

Section 3: Let's Do IT! Make a Custom Illustration in Adobe Illustrator
03:20

In this lesson I'll show you how to place your Photo in Ilustrator, lock it down, and have it set up so you can begin drawing.

03:40

In this lesson we'll set up a new layer for our black and white line drawing. I'll also explain a bit about the brush tool and settings so you won't get the usual "Illustrator Newbie" headache when first trying to draw.

03:28

In this lesson I'll show you how easy it is to make your black and white line drawing. You can draw with a mouse or use a stylus tablet like the one I use from Wacom.

03:44

Skip this lesson at your own later peril. If you take a few minutes to learn how to save your files properly (in many locations and under different names VERY often) you will save yourself from losing all your work. Bad things happen to good people on computers, so make sure you always have a safety net.

03:57

In this first coloring option, I'll show you how to easily add color using Illustrator's brush tools and a new layer under your black and white drawing layer.

03:17

This lesson will show you how to use the Live Paint Bucket Tool as an option for coloring in your drawing.

04:43

This lesson will show you a third way to color in your drawing that some people find to be the easiest way. I'll show you how to save your file so you can bring it into Photoshop and color it there using the paint bucket and brush tools.

03:43

Learn how to save a final version for the web in Illustrator and how it can be really useful to have multiple versions of your drawing for both print and the web.

02:08

Learn how to save your final drawing for the web in Photoshop.

6 questions

This quiz on Section 3 will help you review what you've learned so far.

Section 4: Extras, Resources, and Conclusion
36:37
Online Learning Podcast: Episode 121 With Kristen Palana

This interview with top Udemy instructor, John Colley is full of some of my very best secret color tricks for making an impact, getting your content noticed, and boosting engagement online.

The podcast is aimed at other Udemy instructors, but my color tips can be easily used by anyone with a website, artists/designers, or someone who uses text and images online, in presentations at work, etc.

From the program notes, we discuss pretty much in this order:
  • Introductions and a brief rundown of some of the courses I teach on Udemy and their descriptions.
  • How imaging and color psychology can impact your business
  • What color psychology can mean across borders
  • How gender can affect color choices
  • How to use color to affect the way people think about you
  • How to use color to make your courses more effective
  • How to use color in your lectures/websites/presentations to have a positive impact
  • Where you should use color in your Udemy lectures or presentations
  • Why you should avoid rainbow colors in your text
  • Why you should NEVER (almost never) use pink in an online course or work presentation.
  • Why red and orange can invigorate your audience in the right doses.
  • The importance of hierarchy in your online text
  • Why you need to avoid lack of contrast on your webpage
  • Why its easier to read black text on a white background
  • How to make course images stand out
  • How to make your images stand out to get promoted by Udemy
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Section 5: Bonus: Freebies, Discounts, and Special Offers
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This lecture will point students towards other courses and books as well as show how to stay in touch.

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Instructor Biography

Kristen Palana, Professor, Award-Winning Artist, & Digital Do-Gooder

My goal is to empower ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

I'm an American/Portuguese multimedia artist and educator recently based in Rome, Italy and a tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media at The American University of Rome where I also co-founded its Film and Digital Media Program. I have over 15 years of university teaching experience in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Since July of 2016 I live and work in Yangon, Myanmar and am a Visiting Associate Professor at American University of Myanmar.

Besides teaching tens of thousands of students at Udemy and other online platforms, I'm also a Course Facilitator for the UN-mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica) through their Centre For Executive Education.

My work is exhibited internationally and online and has received a number of awards. I received my MFA from Pratt Institute in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media and also hold a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

I love taking complex topics and making them simple. I'm currently researching 21st century learning methods and technologies and am enjoying exploring the world of online teaching and connecting with diverse groups of students from all over the world.

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